Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 9 in 2020!

All preconferences are $25 and are on the first day of the Conference, Thursday, April 23, 2020, unless otherwise noted. 

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please follow these steps.

P1: Career Theory 101
1-3 pm | Thursday, April 23
Amanda Bradstock-Waitz, Grace Castaneda, and Angie Gonzalez, California State University, Northridge

Do you ever wish that you could do more to help students who have concerns relating their career or major decisions?  A referral to on-campus career resources can be wonderful in helping a student, but did you know that not discussing career during an advisement appointment might actually have a negative effect on a student's GPA (Tovar, 2015)?  Join this preconference session to get a crash course in career theory and its application in advisement.  Participants will leave knowing the basics of key foundational theories in career counseling, as well as available tools that can aid individuals in the career exploration process.

Theory relevant to academic advising.
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.


P2: Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Developing and Sustaining an Advising Community from the Ground Up
1-3 pm | Thursday, April 23
Lesley Davidson-Boyd, Evelyn Knox, and Maria Theresa Domingo, California State University, San Bernardino

Academic advising is a key component to student retention and graduation from college. Professional development and support, however, are oftentimes missing at universities resulting in lack of training, absence of communication, reduction in growth opportunities and advisor burnout. In order to aid this issue, the Professional Advisor Community was created by the Undergraduate Studies Office and academic advisors from California State University, San Bernardino. The community is intentional in the support, encouragement and professional growth of advisors. The community consists of a three-day intensive institute followed by monthly sessions to share stories, discuss topics and foster professional support. Through this community, we have seen tremendous growth in cross campus collaborations, campus partnerships, professional advisor retention and career satisfaction.

Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.
Academic advising approaches and strategies.
Institution specific policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.


P3: Technology at Your Fingertips: Enhancing Academic Advising Through Digital Access
3:15-5:15 pm | Thursday, April 23
Matt Markin, John Noriega, and Michael Harrison, California State University, San Bernardino

More often than not, those in academic advising are tasked with developing new ways to better connect and engage with students. With the majority of college students owning a smartphone and laptop, the intentional use of technology in advising has become a high priority for many. However, what type of technology should you use? What if you are not considered "tech savvy?" Today, there are various forms of technology platforms involved in online tutorials, video filming and social media that are easier to understand and use with little to no user experience. Come and learn from advisors self-taught in educational technology who will share their experiences and demonstrate the tips and tricks to create meaningful content without any formal training in technology.

Campus and community resources that support student success.
Information technology applicable to relevant advising roles.
Create rapport and build academic advising relationships. 


P4: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
5:15-6:15 pm | Thursday, April 23

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey to understand how you can make the most of your "first year experience" in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association. 

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!



Welcome Back:
Stronger, Better & More Resilient

March 16-18, 2022
Orange, CA

Call for Proposals | due 2 p.m. Monday, December 20
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Rakel Engles

La Sierra University

María E. Grandoné

California State University, Dominguez Hills

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